Understanding where a company, including all its subsidiaries, sources its palm oil from is an essential component in the implementation of sustainable sourcing commitments – without knowing its origin, it is impossible to verify if it is being produced sustainably, or in compliance with company policies.
Traceability to plantation also allows companies to ensure the palm oil they source is being produced legally, and helps prioritise high-risk areas for engagement and support to achieve compliance.
Traceability in itself does not equate to sustainability, and the ultimate goal of a fully traceable supply chain is to help drive positive impact on the ground.
This new Thematic Guide from ZSL provides an overview of the importance of traceability policies for palm oil companies and buyers of products containing palm oil derivatives.
It also provides recommendations for creating a robust and credible policy, including the types of information that should be reported for plantations, smallholders, mills and volumes sourced.
This document is also available in: Bahasa Indonesia
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